Category Archives: Gary Forster

A Counselor Runs Through It

In a previous article (Camp Business, October 2005) we talked about how to conduct a behavioral-based job interview. But where do you find your candidates to begin with? Time for me to share some of my own personal dirty laundry‚Ķ Each year when I was hiring summer staff, I’d dutifully send out re-application forms to the staff from last year I wanted to come back and asked them to re-apply around December. Then in late January I hit the road … Continue reading

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The Tailor

Quick! Who signs 95 percent of your camp’s registration applications? Mom. Who do you think makes the decision as to whether it’s time for her child to go to camp, and which camp to go to? Right again. So regardless of our aims in child development and recreation, we have to sell mom first. Related Article: Designing Your Marketing Budget So what does mom want? Several camps went together a number of years ago and did a novel thing. They … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Dec 05, Departments, Gary Forster, Issues, Technology + Marketing | Leave a comment

Staff Recruitment – Beyond the Resume

If you’ve never hired someone who didn’t work out, or never had vacancies when summer started, then don’t bother reading this. Still reading? Then you already know that finding enough staff, and more importantly, finding the right staff, is the most important task you’ll accomplish all year. We’d all like to think we have a gut instinct on picking the right people, yet we all get fooled. Here’s the most ironic part… Not only do we get fooled by hiring … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Gary Forster, Issues, Oct 05, Programming, Staff Training, Writers | Leave a comment

Fresh Eyes

Fresh eyes see things that you’ve become desensitized to. On a regular basis, ask visitors (parents and camp directors are two good options) to do a quick survey for you before they leave: Related Article: The Right Site Camp First Impression Evaluation: Quick! What were your first impressions? I’d really like to know. We can’t see the forest for the trees after a while, and I’d love to hear what you have to say. Program, service, facility, etc. Really! Let … Continue reading

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The Right Site

Whether you’re looking at your current site to make some improvements, or evaluating a piece of property for use as a new camp, or maybe more likely visiting someone else’s camp to get some new ideas, few people can visualize the cause and effect facilities can have on outcomes. Related Article: Fresh Eyes Our camp sites and facilities are integral to our marketing and our program. Good facilities facilitate good programs, and communicate the values of the organization. Here’s the … Continue reading

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